The surprise hit has connected with audiences.
Where Jack Black, Julianne Hough and a bunch of boxing robots failed, Kevin Hart managed to succeed. The comedian's comedy concert film, Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain, has far exceeded expectations, passing $7 million in ticket sales since its September 9 release and becoming one of the only success stories in an otherwise dismal box office weekend.
The R-rated film, from Codeblack, a distributor of content targeting mostly African-American audiences, debuted explosively on Sept. 9, grossing more than $1.9 million for its opening weekend at only 98 locations. It has since nearly doubled its number of screens and revenue has swelled to $7.4 million. Not bad for a film that only cost $750,000 to make.
The low-budget pic features documentary-style footage of Hart on stage, at his home in Philadelphia and putting on a skit of Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs. It also tackles heavier subjects such as Hart's separation from his wife of seven years and the loss of his mother to cancer.
The film will likely catapult Hart from the two-drink minimum circuit to serious Hollywood player. Maybe it's time for a sequel, Laughing All the Way to the Bank?
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